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Food Security & Program Assessment– A Community-Based Research Study Project Statement

BC Food Security Gateway – The Gleaner Newsletter

Headline: Food Security & Program Evaluation – A Community-Based Research Project Announcement

How do you measure the success of community food programs? This is the central question of a research project being conducted by Vanessa Daether, a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University, and (CGC) and (NFS), two food security organizations on Vancouver Island.

Motivated by their collective struggle to evaluate the impacts of their food-based programs on the level of food security experienced by program participants and/or their broader communities, CGC, NFS, and Vanessa have partnered on a community-based research project entitled Food Security Evaluation: Conceptualizing the Impacts of Local Food Initiatives on Central Vancouver Island.

Ultimately, their research project hopes to develop a food security-focused evaluation framework that will allow CGG and NFS to assess how their food-based programs do/do not impact food security. In doing so, they hope the evaluation framework can assist their organizations to improve program design and outcomes and to better communicate the role and impacts of their work.

As a component of this project, they have launched an anonymous, which is open to stakeholders in the BC food system including staff, board members, or volunteers of food-based organizations, projects, educational activities, health programs, coalitions, businesses, and more. This brief survey is anticipated to take 5-minutes to complete and the questions will ask participants to reflect on their definition of “food security” and for their general thoughts on what it means to increase food security through food-based programs.

The results from this survey will help to define their evaluation framework, which will be made available to the public in the spring/summer of 2020.

To participate in this online survey, and/or to review the Letter of Information and Consent Form which contains further information about the study conduct,

If you have any questions about this invitation or project, please be in touch with the research team.

Vanessa Daether                                      Judy Stafford                                                          Jen Cody

Doctoral Candidate                                   Executive Director                                                 Executive Director

Royal Roads University                            Cowichan Green Community                                 Nanaimo FoodShare

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GRENFELL MATTERS: Food security meets climate change

GRENFELL MATTERS: Food security meets climate change

A group of researchers– Myron King, Dr. Daniel Altdorff, Prof. Lakshman Galagedara, led by Prof. Adrian Unc– from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, estimated the expansion of the agricultural areas in the boreal regions of the world by the end of the 21st Century under changing climate.They utilized 7 international climate forecast designs to predict the northward shift of conditions favourable to crop growing based upon temperature systems called Growing Degree Days (GDD). Additionally, they also used climate water balance based on the irregularity of possible evapotranspiration and rains during the growing season(May to October ).” High latitudinal areas on the planet, consisting of northern

Canada, might gain from the growth in agricultural areas ideal for small cereals due to climate modification,”they said.Researchers discovered that by 2099 roughly 76 percent of the global boreal areas might reach

crop practical weather conditions for small cereals, compared to the existing 32 percent. In Canada approximately 73 per cent of the boreal region will have an environment that might allow agriculture, a boost from the existing 26.3 per cent, which equals an extra location of 3.1 million square kilometres. Throughout this growth, the leading edge of the practical growing locations might move northwards to as far as 1,200 km north from the present position. However, according to the scientists, these potential brand-new farming lands will likely be impacted by changes on the availability of water. They show that the majority of the newly gotten areas would be associated with highly seasonal and monthly variations in weather water balances. For example, Atlantic and Pacific Canada will receive more water, while the continental Canada(Central Canada )may experience water deficits over the growing season.We should however not forget that any land-use conversion might produce problems with sped up greenhouse gases production, changes in biodiversity, and the quality of surface area waters. In any case any choice for expansions of agriculture in the North will depend on social and political situations, regional food security concerns and should incorporate assessments of the weather and environmental effects. The scientists explained that focused and accelerated interdisciplinary research should be carried out to permit a well-rounded sustainable growth of agriculture in the North.Such research study should integrate climate science with plant, soil, water and ecological sciences together with socio-economic research study in order to acknowledge chances, address the challenges, and reduce and manage unfavorable effects of farming at greater latitudes.The paper was

released in SCIENTIFIC REPORTS of Nature Publishing Business and is readily available at!.?.!Dr. Adrian Unc is the leader of the research group from Grenfell Campus.